The Economist

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Ruth Davidson, the Conservatives' northern star

Though not as dour as Gordon Brown, Ms Davidson exudes an admirable disdain for such southern decadence. She points out that these are serious times:...

The art of the obituary

Obituaries of Robert Maxwell, circumscribed by the suddenness of his (apparently) accidental death and by the convention that newspapers generally avoid direct criticism of other...

A capital decision

(blog) (blog)Since the polls closed Lady Warsi, the party's former chairman, Steve Norris, its former London mayoral candidate, and Andrew Boff, the Conservative leader...

Transcript: Interview with Will Straw

(blog) (blog)Sometimes you will hear Leave campaigners say that we are being held down by the EU and need to branch out to the...

Goggling at Britain

TV executives responded to Tania Alexander, the programme's creator, with bafflement: who would want to watch other people watching television? They got their answer: 700,000...

Age and wisdom

(blog) (blog)David Garrow, a law and history professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, reminds us in an op-ed at the Los...

The stakes are so small

Allegations emerged in September after the suicide of Elliott Johnson, a 21-year-old Conservative activist who had complained of being bullied by Mr Clarke, the organiser...

Music magazines

(blog) (blog)LIKE an ageing rock star playing to ever diminishing audiences, there has been a degree of pathos to NME's decline. The New Musical...

Change is gonna come

In 2004 political consultants wondered whether John Kerry's support of same-sex civil unions damaged his chances of becoming president; 11 years later, a rainbow was...

Personal view—Steven Fletcher

In 2004 I was elected to Parliament, becoming the first permanently disabled Canadian elected at federal level. Four years later I became a cabinet minister.

April 20th: The SNP promises to shower money on the UK

Telegraph.co.ukMs Sturgeon has ruled out a deal with David Cameron, and indeed vows to do everything in her power to bring down a Conservative-led government.

America's Hispanics

IN THREE TERMS representing Colorado in Congress, John Salazar got used to angry voters calling him a Mexican and not a proper American. During fights...

Terror in Canada

Second, it took place amid a heated debate over the Conservative government's decision to increase anti-terrorist powers at home and to join the military campaign...

UKIP's first MP Revenge of the fruitcakes

(blog) (blog)Mr Carswell's success may inspire other Tory MPs to follow his lead (one, Mark Reckless, did so two weeks ago, and will contest...

Labour and English-only votes

(blog) (blog)THE Labour Party conference opens in Manchester today, and the party is wriggling. The reason? On Friday morning, the No victory in Scotland's...

Stephen Harper

Conservative attack ads helped dispatch three Liberal leaders—Paul Martin, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Justin Trudeau is proving tougher. Conservative party ads depicting the Liberal...

Clacton versus Cambridge

(blog) (blog)In it, he describes the Clacton by-election as a battle between the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP for the dying parts of England, those...

Baroness Warsi Speaking for many

(blog) (blog)His concerns are shared by some in the Conservative Party. On July 31st Margot James, ... In 2006 Mr Blair's stark support for...

Charter fights

(blog) (blog)In his tersely worded response, Chris Alexander, the immigration minister, said the government would appeal against the decision at the Supreme Court. If...

The perils of pessimism

The inquisitors, typically retired and articulate, asked the assembled politicians—including a Conservative cabinet minister and a serving and former Labour MP—to make a “positive case”...

The mid-term elections

Thad Cochran in Mississippi, who is 76 and scores badly on rankings of fiscal conservatism, is up against Chris McDaniel, a state senator born in...